Celebrate the birth of Christ

Christmas Time is Here

Wow! Christmas is drawing near and the holiday hustle and bustle has already begun. Sending cards, decorating, hanging lights and wrapping gifts. Yes, it’s that season again.

We are listening to holiday songs and celebrating, but why? What is Christmas really about? Is it about a Santa Clause, Rudolph; and the Grinch? I remember one comedy show said Santa, actually spelled Satan when the letters were switched. It was said as a joke, but it may not be far from the truth.

Where’s Your Focus

We have taken our focus off the Christ in Christmas. Instead, we think about our gift list, shopping, the endless hours of Christmas shows we watch, parties and celebrations, but how often do we think about Jesus? He really is the reason for the season.

Also, as convenient as it maybe to use Xmas instead of Christmas, I always try to spell it out now (I didn’t use to), to remind myself why Christmas exists. It’s about the birth of Christ. Let’s keep Him as the center of our festivities this season and if we start feeling overwhelmed, remember it’s about Him, not the gifts, the big meal, decorating or other Christmas activities. Let’s truly fellowship with each other; bask in the love Christ has for us and share His love with others.

Experience the True Meaning of Christmas

Do something nice for an unsuspecting person. Buy an extra gift, pay for the car behind you when you go through the drive-thru, give generously to organizations who are providing Christmas meals to the homeless or cook some extra just for them, along with giving them items to keep them warm this Winter (socks, gloves, hats, hand warmers, blankets, etc). See below for other organizations you can give to.

Love is the true meaning of Christmas. Give it to one another. BTW, I love the scene at the end of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, when everyone is holding hands and singing with no gifts or celebratory food, just pure love! Yes, cliche as it maybe, Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

Do we really remember what Christmas is about? Let’s stop and thank God for the greatest gift of all, JESUS!

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Let’s Give Thanks

God’s blessings grow when they are shared. Thanksgiving blessings
Thanksgiving Blessings

To you and your family, have a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for. Even if things aren’t perfect, such as our health, finances or relationships, we still can give thanks. Things may not be where we want them, but we have a chance to reflect on what we do have.

Remember, there’s always something to be grateful for, no matter how small or inconsequential it may seem. I would hear people testify about being thankful for the  breath in their lungs. What, breath in your lungs? Until I experienced shortness of breath, I couldn’t relate, but now I can. I praise God  I don’t have to have an Oxygen Tank following me around and I’m not on a respirator or some other breathing mechanism.

Let’s share our blessings. Take a plate or two to your neighbor who can’t afford a big dinner, or someone who’s sick; visit someone in the hospital or nursing home, or take time to feed the homeless (make some extra just for them). God may not physically rain down Turkeys on the less fortunate, but if He’s blessed us, we  can rain on them from the overflow at our tables.

Let’s say a prayer for those less fortunate and share the blessings we do have.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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1 Chronicles 16:34-35

Psalms 30:12

Philippians 4:6

A Change is Coming…are you in the way?

A Change, a Change has come over meOh Lord, please change Mike, Sue and Marylou. We fast and pray, with tears streaming down our face, for years asking God to save people, to change them, deliver them, etc. You want your husband to rise up and be the Priest and King of your household, but you consistently speak of his failures, flaws and negative habits. You want your wife to be the Proverbs 31 woman, but you always point out her short comings.  You say you want the person to change, but do you really? After all, if they change, you’ll have to change too.

Relationship Woes?

Hope for the broken heartedThe good news is GOD LOVES YOU! You are an exquisite painting God created stoke by stroke, adding all of the subtle nuisances that make you unique and precious. What seems like a shut door, an injustice, or betrayal is God’s way of protecting you from more of the same. If you choose to go down that road again, it will result in tears, heartache and pain. Yes, God is protecting you from all of this and while you may have temporary pain, it’s better than being permanently scarred with a wound that won’t heal.

What if?

Also, please rid your mind of the nagging “what if’s”. You may never know the “what if’s” of the future, but if that person has repeatedly lied, cheated and hurt you over and over, chances are the future will be more of the same. You are beautiful inside and out, with a loving spirit and gentle heart. God knows this and he’s protecting you from your bad decisions, “maybe this time…”, “by now they should have it together”, “this time I know it’ll be different”, etc. While some people do change, if they have made the same mistakes, year after year, chances are they won’t. And you can’t move on with “what if” looming in your thoughts.

Maya Angelo once said “If somebody shows you who they are, believe them”. Our problem is we don’t want to. We put on our Rose colored glasses and see what we want to see and make excuses to ourselves and others, for why the person did X,Y and Z. If the writing is on the wall, read it and heed it.

Leaving the Past

It’s time to leave the past behind, “Behold, I will do a new thing,  now it shall spring up. Shall you not know it?” Isaiah 43:19. If you’re doing everything you can to hold onto the past, it’s doubtful that you will ever know what the new thing is. This is your new beginning. Leave the past in the past, along with all of your hurts, anger and emotional wounds. God has something much better for you. Let me say that again, God has something much better for you.

Yes, it may mean being alone for a while, but God has to cut those emotional ties and heal your wounds, else you will always keep that door to your past cracked. Please close that door and ask God to remove any and all reminents of those feelings you have for him/her. God wants that door shut, closed, and sealed. Then, He has to build you up and prepare you for that special someone He may have for you. Don’t throw your future away, because you are still chained to the past. Be done with it once and for all.

Remember, you are beautiful, inside and out. Don’t let someone who dosen’t appreciate you and know your worth keep you down. Lift up your head and wear your crown proudly. After all, you are a Prince/Princess of the king, made in His image. Who would want to mar such a stunning being as you? Only one who doesn’t deserve you!

Letter from the Throne – September 2018

Woman sitting on window sill with words swirling around her (depression, sickness, debt, broken relationships, worry, fear)Many of you are going through fiery trials, right now. You feel like your life is a whirlwind of problems and soon as you solve one, another one blows along. Your marriage may be hanging by a thread, job issues or no job at all, stress, grief, broken relationships, addictions, health challenges, or financial woes.  …

Churchgoer, Saved or a Disciple. Do you Know the Difference?

Saved, Churchgoer or Disciple Churchgoer

Many people attend church services Sunday or Saturday and walk away completely satisfied that they’ve met their spiritual obligation for the week. We put on our church face, our Sunday Best, perfume/cologne and of course throw out our favorite spiritual lines…I’m Blessed and highly favored, Praise the Lord, I’m too blessed to be stressed. Sound familiar?

Letter from the Throne – August 2018

Paper with writing on it, a pen and diamonds  Hello,

Are you seeking fellowship (communion, intimacy, closeness)  with me today? I’m seeking  Fellowship with you. Yes, sometimes I allow pressures to come on you through trials and hardships, but it’s to help you grow; there’s a diamond on the of inside you, and I’m trying to bring it out. The process involves you being hidden deep, far beneath the earth, and undergoing intense heat and pressure, but it’s to bring out your brilliance and shine.

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